Retired Florida Police Captain Charged with Killing Man in Movie Theater is Released on Bail

Former Tampa Police captain Curtis Reeves, Jr., 71, is out on bail. Reeves is charged with fatally shooting 43-year-old Chad Oulson in the chest at a theater in January after the two argued over Oulson’s apparent refusal to stop texting during movie previews. (FREEMAN, DEMETRIUS/AP)
Former Tampa Police captain Curtis Reeves, Jr., 71, is out on bail. Reeves is charged with fatally shooting 43-year-old Chad Oulson in the chest at a theater in January after the two argued over Oulson’s apparent refusal to stop texting during movie previews. (FREEMAN, DEMETRIUS/AP)

A former Florida police captain charged in a fatal movie theater shooting was released from jail Friday.

Pasco County Judge Pat Siracusa set Curtis Reeves Jr.’s bail at $150,000. He said Reeves, 71, must remain home except to go to church, the doctor’s office or the grocery store. He also must surrender firearms.

Reeves is accused of shooting 43-year-old Chad Oulson in the chest at a theater in January after the two argued over Oulson’s apparent refusal to stop texting during movie previews.

Reeves’ lawyers say he fired in self-defense. Earlier in the day, a state appellate court ruled Reeves should be released on bond or told why he was not.

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